BANGKOK- The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has elected Kevin B. Murphy, President & CEO, Asiawide Hospitality Solutions (AHS), Hong Kong SAR & Thailand, as Chairman of the PATA Executive Board.
Mr Murphy replaces W. Scott Supernaw who served as Chairman of PATA since April 2013 and will remain on the Executive Board as PATA Immediate Past Chairman.
Active in industry and community affairs throughout a long successful career, completing senior operational and corporate responsibilities on 5 continents with several of the world’s most successful and profitable hotel companies, Murphy currently serves also as the Ambassador in Asia for members of the Institute of Hospitality, is also a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants & the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a past board member of the original Green Globe Asia Pacific.
A member of PATA since 1984, Mr Murphy was awarded the PATA Order of Merit in 2003, the PATA Chairman’s Award in 2006 and in 2008, PATA Life Membership for his continued contributions in past roles to the association’s members and in the growth of responsible and sustainable tourism in the Asia Pacific region.
In addition, PATA has elected four new members to its Executive Board including, Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts, Hong Kong SAR; Dato Haji Azizan Noordin, Deputy Director General (Planning), Tourism Malaysia, Malaysia; John Schubert, Managing Director – Marketing Asia Pacific and India, The Boeing Company, USA; and Philip Schaetz, Senior VP of Sales & Marketing, Dorsett Hospitality International, Hong Kong SAR.
Long-time PATA member Mr Jones has been elected as the new Vice Chairman; while Basant Mishra, Executive Chairman, Temple Tiger Group of Companies, Nepal remains Secretary/Treasurer.
Other Executive Board members include Henry Oh, Jr., President, Global Tour, Ltd., Korea (ROK); H.E. Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., Secretary of Tourism, Philippines Department of Tourism; Sarah Mathews, Destination Marketing Senior Sales Manager APAC, TripAdvisor, Hong Kong SAR; Setyono Djuandi Darmono, Chairman, President University, Indonesia; and Stephen Pearce, Vice President, Leisure Travel & Digital Marketing, Tourism Vancouver, Canada.
Dr Helena Lo, Director of Pousada de Mong-Ha (the Educational Hotel of Institute for Tourism Studies Macau – IFT) and the 2015 PATA Face of the Future, joins the PATA Executive Board as a non-voting member and observer for a one-year term at the invitation of the PATA Chairman.
The new Executive Board members were confirmed at the PATA Board Meeting on April 26, 2015 during the PATA Annual Summit 2015 in Leshan, Sichuan, China.